Fortnite, a popular battleground game, will face a new type of battleground: a legal one.
Player Unknowns Battlegrounds (PUBG) attempts to sue Fortnite: Battle Royale, over claims of close resemblance and gameplay infringement from their game.
Though, the claims are not entirely correct in my opinion. Apart from the main premise of both games being a 100 man Battle Royale, these games are hardly similar. The look and gameplay of each games differs in many ways.
First, building is a big point of Fortnite. PUBG has no such feature. Also, the weapons in Fortnite are vastly different from the weapons available in PUBG. And, some would say Player Battlegrounds requires a more tactical edge than Fortnite, The animation style is also noticeably different.
Case in point: The only noticeable similarity of Fortnite is the Battle Royale system, and nothing more.
PUBG’s case isn’t a solid one, in my opinion. The very concept for which this entire battling system hangs is from a Japanese Film known as Battle Royale. This film is an adaptation of a work by Koushun Takami, in which junior high school students fight to the death to appease the Japanese Government. The movie Hunger Games utilizes this same concept for its alluring and captivating content.
In terms of legalities, nobody can copyright a genre, or mode of gameplay. It’s akin to trying to copyright soccer or flour: you simply can’t. It’s considered an open ended concept. You can. however, copyright specific proprietary ideas or concepts.
PUBG apparently filed this injunction last Friday with the Seoul Central District Court against Epic Games Korea. ‘We filed the suit to protect our copyright in January,’ stated an official representative of the company.
Its surprising that they would try to sue Fortnite, given their relationship to the company. Epic Games are the creators of the unreal content engine which PUBG utilizes.
These law issues started much earlier when Fornite: Battle Royale first released, and began gutting PUBG’s bottom dollar.
PUBG’s success came long before that of Fortnite. Its creators weren’t too happy about Fortnite copying their formula, and joining the craze. Whatever the reasoning behind PUBG’s sudden lawsuit, I believe it’s on shaky ground. And, I find this to be quite pointless and a waste of time, money, and digital space.
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